Old Fool's Errand by Will van der Vaart

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Ackermann didn't make the flight program the first time around. He settled down, married, and figured the dream had passed him by.

But then, years later, he is pulled from retirement for another shot at glory - at a price.

He is selected for the first manned interplanetary mission, to be the first man to walk the surface of Mars, and to lay the groundwork for future colonization. The catch? There will be no return journey.

About Will van der Vaart

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Having grown up in Germany, Eastern Europe, and the United States, van der Vaart has always had a fascination for different cultures and histories. Combined with a healthy appreciation of science fiction ranging from the Foundation series to Halo to Firefly, it was only natural that he would turn this fascination with cultures and the diverse human experience into a science fiction writing career.His first novel, Hard Drop, had its first incarnation as a screenplay which was shortlisted for the Nicholls Screenwriting Fellowship. The novel follows an elite unit given unclear orders and placed in an impossible situation, and examines the human side of combat as they fight to stay alive and complete their mission. A second Hard Drop novel is currently under development.van der Vaart has also published a short story entitled Old Fool's Errand, about an old, crotchety astronaut selected for a one-way journey to Mars, a topic that is becoming more relevant by the day.In his spare time, Will enjoys reading a cross-section of historical and contemporary historical accounts, while mixing in a healthy mix of dark satire and absurdist commentary. His favorite book is Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.
Published March 15, 2013 27 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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